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JULY FOURTH:
Patriotic Rice Krispies

 

 

 

Need a quick and easy dessert idea for your 4th of July get together? We have it for you here! Rice Krispie Treats are perfect for a last minute dessert, not too heavy on the tummy, and always a huge hit with the kiddos! This recipe takes about 15 minutes total including decoration – you can’t beat that!

 

Ingredients

3 T Unsalted Butter

10 oz. Package Marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

16 oz. Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

Patriotic Sprinkles

 

Supplies

Nonstick Deep Skillet

Silicone Spatula

Large Mixing Bowl

13” x 9” x 2” Pan

Wax Paper

1 Plastic Sandwich Bag

Scissors

 

 

Directions

Melt the butter over low heat in a deep skillet, or large saucepan. Once butter is melted, add entire bag of marshmallows and stir frequently with silicone spatula until all marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat.

 

In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal and roughly 1/3 of melted marshmallows. Continue with two more layers of 2 cups cereal and 1/3 melted marshmallows until all melted marshmallows and 6 cups of cereal have been added. This layering technique makes coating the cereal with the melted marshmallows much easier. Stir with silicone spatula until well coated.

 

Line 13” x 9” x 2” pan with wax paper. Pour rice krispies into pan and press with spoon or more wax paper.

 

TIP: You can coat the pan with cooking spray or butter, but I find wax paper easiest when kids are involved. The wax paper prevents any sticking and helps to protect your pan from scratches when trying to cut the sticky rice krispies!

 

 

Decorating

Let the rice krispies cool for a minute to make sure the frosting does not melt when you decorate. Once cooled, add a spoonful of vanilla frosting into the corner of a sandwich bag and twist the bag at the top of the frosting. Press out air, seal the bag, and snip off the corner of the bag where the frosting is located. Be careful not to snip a large chunk off the corner of the bag, a tiny snip will suffice. Slowly squeeze the bag at the top of the frosting while holding the twist and keep a steady pressure while decorating. I chose to do a simple zig-zag pattern beginning and ending in opposite corners. Feel free to get creative with it!

 

After your finished with the frosting grab some patriotic sprinkles and go crazy! You can never have too many sprinkles! 🙂

 

 

Easy right? Leave a comment below to tell us what you thought!

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COUNTRY COOKING:
Creative Apron Display

 

 

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A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom when I found this horseshoe towel rack. Of course I had to buy it given my dreams of one day owning a horse and all! It makes perfect sense right? Between college and the Navy, I have been living in rentals and as you can figure – all have towel racks. So my awesome horseshoe towel rack sat wrapped up in paper in the closet until one day I would have a home where I could use it. After my husband and I got transferred to our current duty station I was determined to figure out how I could put my towel rack to use when I unpacked it from the moving boxes. I loved it hence why I bought it; therefore, I wanted to use it. It had sat wrapped up in the closet for too long! Of course it took me a while to figure out what alternative use a towel rack could serve until one day it hit me! As we were unpacking and hanging things up I stared at a blank wall in our kitchen wondering what on earth to do with it because it had THIS….. *cue horror music*

 

 

That’s right folks, a telephone jack AT EYE LEVEL for a wall mounted phone (or at least that’s what we think it is!). I did not know they even made phones like that anymore?? Why housing installed this in a home only seven years old is beyond me. And of course the jack is in the worst location possible – smack dab in the middle of the wall – but I digress. My solution to hiding the phone jack was with our “HOME” canvas picture my mom gave us as a wedding gift. It was a magical moment seeing the beauty of canvas wall art cover up the ever so dreaded phone jack. No one ever has to know that jack exists… minus the fact I am announcing its existence with this post, shh. 🙂

 

 

Our “HOME” canvas was looking pretty lonely on the wall by itself and I was unpacking kitchen boxes when I stumbled across my aprons. My aprons have always been neatly folded and stored in a kitchen drawer in hopes of being used; nevertheless I manage to forget they are there. So instead of my aprons taking up valuable kitchen drawer space and never being used, I realized I had found the purpose for my towel rack!

 

Noticing not all of the aprons tied around the neck, I needed a quick and easy way to hang them on to the rack; otherwise once again they would not get used because it would be hassle to get them on and off the rack. Plus, it sometimes takes a few tries to tie the neck of the apron just right to where it lays perfectly in place on you and you don’t want to mess that up. 😉 Can you guess what I used to hang the aprons with? That’s right – shower curtain hooks! We previously lived in an apartment with two showers which required shower curtains. In our current house we have two showers but only one requires a shower curtain. Therefore, we had the extra shower curtain hooks sitting in a bag in the linen closet not being used. Well, why not use them to hang the aprons? The color of them worked well enough to go with the towel rack so the decision was made! My hooks have a ball at the end of them to hold up the aprons, but other styles of shower curtain hooks will work too. If you have small children who might knock the aprons off onto the floor then I would recommend using a ring style or “S” style hook.

 

 

Lastly, you may have noticed there are five aprons to the two humans who live in this house. Let’s just say aprons are like shoes, you need one for every occasion. 🙂 Here is my reasoning to each apron:

  • Orange Daisies: It was my first apron and it was cute, not to mention perfect for Spring, Summer, and even Fall given the color.
  • Black and White Floral: Every woman needs an apron with her initial on it.
  • Little Black Dress: You need a “fancy” apron for hosting dinner parties! It even has “real” pearls on it. 😉
  • His + Her Texas Flag: This one needs no explanation – it’s what every Texan needs! (Want one? You can find them here: His + Hers)

 

Our kitchen apron display has led us to wear our aprons now more than we ever have in the last few years. It is a fun way to add functionality and décor into your kitchen!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my detailed story of our one kitchen wall! Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

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MOSQUITO BITE CURE:
Items From Your Kitchen

 

 

 

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Everybody’s experienced the burning and itching that occurs during the most dreaded season of all, mosquito season. After having grown up in Southeast Texas, where the state bird is the mosquito and you have to reapply mosquito spray every five minutes before you sweat it off again, you could say I am well acquainted with the death-eater looking insect. Where I grew up, if you ever wanted to go outside you had to have a full-blown mosquito spraying system installed along your fence line in hopes of protecting you from those little bloodsuckers.

 

What I did not discover until now; however, was the easiest and most effective cure for those pesky bites. Baking Soda + Water. Yup, that’s all. As a matter of fact, I am showcasing this elegant paste in three different locations on my legs while I type. This dynamite fashion statement was what prompted me to share this helpful information with you. Within seconds after applying the paste, I felt a cool relief to my itching and burning bites. A couple of hours later, I could not even find the location of the bites anymore.

 

There is no need to suffer through the itching while you rummage through your medicine cabinet or run out to the store for relief. Instead, both ingredients can be found in your kitchen for instant, all natural relief! Baking soda is a natural way to draw out any poison or irritant from your skin. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself! Simply follow the instructions below for the best and most cost effective mosquito relief that I have found, all thanks to my mama! 🙂

 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon water

 

Instructions:

Combine the baking soda and water into a small bowl. Mix with a spoon until you form a paste. If the solution is too runny, add more baking soda. If the solution is too clumpy, add more water. You want the solution to be a paste that can adhere to your skin and not run off. Once you have a paste, simply dab a blob onto each bite and let the baking soda work its magic! After the solution has dried on your skin, you can gently wipe it off with a wet rag and be on your way! 🙂

 

But wait! There’s more!

 

Most kitchens tend to have baking soda on hand, but if you happen to have some fresh basil leaves those can work too!

 

Ingredients:

1 fresh basil leaf

 

Instructions:

Rub the basil leaf between your fingers until the oil is expressed from the leaf. Use the leaf to apply the oil onto each bite and let the oil sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. Gently wipe off the basil oil with a wet rag and enjoy being itch-free!

 

Be sure to share this article with all of your fellow mosquito victims!

 

 

 

Note: Do NOT use these home remedies if allergic to any of their ingredients. None of this information is to be taken for medical advice! These are simply some home remedies that have worked for us, but may not be suited for everyone. These home remedies are to be used at your own risk. You can find our full disclaimer here.

 

How did you like our home remedies? Let us know how they worked for you below!

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